Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas and a health update.

Noel and Catherine and Linus (Noel's cat) were here for Christmas. It was a good day.

Yesterday we drove up to Seattle with Noel and Linus back to Noel's place and then Noel went with Alec and me to the UW Medical Center.

So I saw the doctors and they said the infection looks like its cleared up in my ear. The surgeon said my ear looks 'normal' - whatever that is.

They explained that the infection(s) did some damage - the wind sound I hear is a type of tinnitus (other people hear it as a ringing sound). Its possible that there is a small tumor - but if so he said they are almost always benign. They are called cholesteatoma and they said its treatable if thats what it is.

That may be causing this wobbly seasick feeling.

I go back February 1st for another MRI and a balance test. Then another consult with the docs on February 7th.

They said I may need physical therapy to treat the problems caused by the damage. But no surgery - yeah! At least not so far.

So we'll see.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy anniversary Colette!

Colette Beighley grew up in the San Francisco Bay area (where I came of age) and she now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and works as the West Michigan Field Organizer for Triangle Foundation, a terrific organization that Carolyn Wagner introduced me to.

Read two of her recent bloggings to see why I admire her.

The Journey from Fear to Fearlessness

Finding Jeremy

I am pleased to be able to count Colette as one of my friends.

Colette's blog: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Gay

The Geography of Hate

FROM the 1880s to the 1960s, at least 4,700 men and women were lynched in this country. The noose remains a terrifying symbol, and continues to be used by racists to intimidate African-Americans (who made up more than 70 percent of lynching victims).
And the number of hate groups, according to the annual count by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has shot up 40 percent in recent years, from 602 groups in 2000 to 844 in 2006.
Read and see Op-Chart: The Geography of Hate
by MARK POTOK, LUKE VISCONTI, BARBARA FRANKEL and NIGEL HOLMES - The New York Times - Opinion - November 25, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Julie Reyburn sings "Going It Alone"

I love this.

Steve Schalchlin wrote:

As part of the Spirit of Broadway Awards this past weekend, Julie Reyburn was asked to sing "Going It Alone" so the audience could get a sample number from THE LAST SESSION, which is going to be produced there in Norwich this coming season. Julie wrote me rather in a panic because she's been on "baby leave" from performing for awhile and she would probably need to use the lyrics. I told her I had absolutely no problem with that and as far as I was concerned she could sing the song and burp the baby at the same time.


... I will give you fair warning. Do not watch this if you are prone to weeping loudly at incredibly emotional renderings of heart breaking songs -- and you are in an office or some place where you will be embarrassed if someone sees you melting into a river of tears.

I was almost unable to hold the camera. In fact, just after the song, still in a trance, I snapped the camera off, only to look around and find the entire room on its feet, stomping and whistling and applauding. I told Julie the next day that I was going to youtube this and that she should be prepared to insert this number into every single show. Because anyone who sees it is going to want to hear her sing it again. If this is how she does it "off the cuff" while reading the lyrics, just imagine what she will do with this when it's memorized.

If you would like to comment on this go to the post on Steve's blog:
Julie Reyburn sings "Going It Alone" on Steve's blog, Living In The Bonus Round.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

An impassioned challenge on Workd AIDS Day

This year the San Francisco organizers invited Charles King -- the president and CEO of Housing Works -- to give the keynote speech at the City by the Bay's observance of this day of the World AIDS Day.

Doug Ireland wrote:
If you do only one thing for World AIDS Day this year, read Charles King's speech in San Francisco, reprinted below. It's an impassioned challenge to the institutional gay community, which has largely turned away from the AIDS fight, and it analyzes the nexus of class and race that is at the heart of the gay community's current AIDS fatigue.
Charles King said:
The reality of AIDS is that it is caused by a virus; but that virus would not have created the pandemic that now exists if it were not fueled by homophobia, racism, and sexism. AIDS is a disease that persists as a consequence of economic and social marginalization and discrimination. Whether it was gay men and then Haitians in the 80’s, or sex workers and people addicted to injection drugs today, AIDS has been able to wreck its havoc because it has in the main taken the lives of people deemed expendable. And that is why AIDS continues to be the preeminent civil rights issue of our day, whether we want to own it or not.
Read CHARLES KING'S CHALLENGE TO THE GAY COMMUNITY: STOP IGNORING AIDS! The full text of King's World AIDS Day keynote speech in San Francisco.
by Doug Ireland ~ December 01, 2007